Reaching my Dreams

I have always wanted to publish at least one children’s book. In the course of just a few months (thanks to the encouragement of my family), I was able to reach my dream and publish two children’s books – Jobs of a Preschooler and Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles. I had a lot of fun putting these books together, and I look forward to (hopefully) publishing many more children’s books in the future – I have many ideas! The interesting thing about reaching one goal is that it sometimes leads to another goal. I would love to publish a children’s book series through a traditional publisher in the future – a lofty goal that hopefully can be reached someday.

For the time being; however, I have decided to take a little break from publishing children’s books to pursue a different goal of mine – write articles and guest posts that will be published in magazines and websites. Last year, I started a blog at thriftycraftyhomeschoolmom, but (long story, short) I discontinued it earlier this year. Maybe I will someday turn my love of writing into a career, but as of now, I am only writing for fun when I can. I am definitely learning a lot through this process! I have done some research, and I understand that having articles accepted in magazines and websites can be very difficult. I know there may be a lot of rejection, but I am eager to see what I am able to accomplish.

Last week, I researched and submitted a few articles/article ideas. I was excited to learn that one article will be published in a magazine in its September edition (I will post something when it is published), and another one of my articles was published on Money Saving Mom® (you can read that guest post here). Another article idea was approved, but I haven’t heard if the actual article was accepted. I was very honored that one magazine actually asked me if I would be interested in being a regular columnist for them. It was a very difficult decision for me since it would have been a wonderful opportunity for a great magazine (still praying I made the right choice), but I decided to decline.

Even though I will not be publishing any more children’s books right now, I do plan to still visit a few libraries this year to read my books and do some activities.  This past year, I have been blessed with many incredible experiences, and I am eager to see what the future will hold.

What dreams/goals do you have that you hope to accomplish?

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